M&S energy fund open to public vote

The winners of a £400,000 energy fund for communities will be chosen by the public. M&S received 240 applications for its Community Energy Fund which have now been shortlisted to 136 for the open vote. Entrants include a Buddhist centre in Colchester, a steam railway in the Pennines and a tennis club in Penzance. The company is now inviting the public to […]

Bangladeshi cooking stoves to offset M&S carbon

A UNICEF scheme to hand out fuel efficient cooking stoves in Bangladesh will help Marks & Spencer offset its carbon footprint. The retailer is set to start the project early this year by giving money toward 40,000 cook stoves which will be made, sold and repaired by local workers. The stoves are meant to improve […]

Only half of FTSE 100 firms disclose their carbon footprint

Only 52 of the FTSE 100 companies disclose their carbon footprint in their annual report according to a league table published yesterday. Supermarket Marks and Spencer topped the latest carbon ranking of FTSE firms by Carbon Clear for the second year running. But the results suggest not all of the country’s 100 largest, most actively […]

M&S saves £135m through sustainability initiative

Marks & Spencer claims it has saved £135 million over the last year through its sustainability initiative launched six years ago. The retailer made 180 sustainability commitments as part of its ‘Plan A’ programme – which includes being carbon neutral and sending no waste to landfill – out of which it has achieved 139. Its […]

Give ‘green’ roses this Valentine’s Day

Will you be giving a flower bouquet to your loved one this Valentine’s Day? If the answer is yes, then why not make it a ‘green’ one! Retailer Marks & Spencer is using a special kind of packing for its dozen fairtrade roses, which it claims uses less water, to transport thousands of flowers this […]

M&S to use energy from food waste

Marks & Spencer has signed an agreement with a waste management firm to convert its food waste into electricity. Shanks Group will use its 60 ktpa (kilo tonnes per annum) anaerobic digestion (AD) plant (pictured) to convert the high street retailer’s food waste into biogas to generate renewable energy. Under the contract, M&S will directly […]

Kingfisher follows M&S’ footsteps for green plans

The owners of B&Q are set to follow Marks & Spencer in a path to become more sustainable. Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, published its ‘2012 Corporate Responsibility Report’ last week following an announcement in March about its new sustainability project ‘Net Positive’. The report comes after M&S published its own commitments to address […]

M&S first retailer to go carbon neutral

Marks & Spencer says it is the first retailer in the UK to achieve the holy grail of carbon cutting – it has become carbon neutral. A report from the British high-street brand shows all operated stores, offices, warehouses and delivery fleets in the UK and Ireland have been certified as being carbon neutral. This […]

Anaerobic digestion plant to supply Marks and Spencer energy

Marks & Spencer has signed a deal to buy the energy from an anaerobic digestion plant being built by renewable energy firm Farmgen. Blackpool-based Farmgen secured a £2.1m loan from the Co-operative Bank to finance the plant at Warton in Lancashire. And M&S has signed a five-year contract to buy the energy generated from the […]